COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - Freshman Justin Minaya scored 17 points, Chris Silva had 12 of his 14 points in the second half and South Carolina defeated UMass 76-70 on Saturday.
Silva, coming off a two-point performance in a Thursday loss to Temple at Madison Square Garden, was in foul trouble for most of the game. He and Maik Kotsar entered the game with 5:40 remaining with four fouls apiece and Silva delivered back-to-back dunks in 34 seconds to put USC up by six.
The Minutemen cut the advantage to two with 19.4 seconds remaining on a 3-pointer by Carl Pierre, but Hassani Gravett made four straight free throws to seal it.
Gravett finished with 14 points for South Carolina (6-2), while freshman Felipe Haase chipped in 11.
Luwane Pipkins led UMass (3-5) with 25 and Pierre added 12. The Minutemen have lost four straight.
The Gamecocks shot 51 percent (28-for-55) from the floor and turned it over just four times in the second half after coughing up the ball 11 times in the first 20 minutes.